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A Critical Component of a Data Governance Strategy

Data Governance Strategy

Helps identify data governance concerns and monitors adherence

Data governance is an emerging practice in today's enterprises. With the objective of ensuring the availability, usability, integrity and security of data, organizations are establishing policies for the proper management of their data assets. Many of these organizations are looking to file management automation solutions such as Novell Storage Manager.

But before putting into place new organizational mandates on storing, archiving, and securing your data, you first need to know what data you have and its relevance to your organization. Specifically, you need to know what files you're storing, where they are being stored, when they were last accessed, who has access to them, and how many versions of a file exist.

That's where Novell File Reporter comes in. The comprehensive file reporting capabilities of Novell File Reporter let you know what data governance measures you might want to address immediately. For example, if permissions reports indicate that unauthorized users have access to sensitive documents, you might want your initial data governance focus to be on data security. If a Date-Age report indicates that old, irrelevant data is filling up primary storage, you might want to focus first on storage tiering and archiving.

Once your data governance policies and procedures are in place, Novell File Reporter can be the means of measuring the effectiveness of these policies. By simply establishing a reporting schedule, you can easily monitor policy adherence in your organization on a regular basis and learn if you need to update your data governance policies.

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